Farming Rural 07

Gary D. Austin

May 8, 1935 ~ August 14, 2020 (age 85)


Gary D. Austin, age 85, lifelong Hardin County native passed away August 14, 2020 in the Hardin County General Hospital after an extended illness.  Gary was lived most of his life the Tower Rock Rd area near Elizabethtown.  He was born on May 8, 1935 near Elizabethtown to the late Henry and Mildred (Humphrey) Austin.  He was married to the former Theresa (Drone) who preceded him in death.

Gary worked as a machinist for many years before retiring, in the Fluorspar mines with Ozark Mahoney Mining.  He loved to work with his hands and be outside, especially on his farm where he lived.  He enjoyed his friends each day and all the visits of people that came by.  His real love was his family especially his children and grandchildren.  Gary always had a smile for you, and will be missed by his beloved family and friends.

Gary is survived by his children, a son, Greg Austin (Karen White) of Evansville, 2 daughters, Nancy (Joe) Drone of Elizabethtown and Debra Patterson of Paducah, KY. Grandchildren, Tyler Austin, Trevor Austin, Izak Climer, and Dean Patterson.  Great Grandchildren, Eva, Savanna, Norah, Mya, Camden and Bailey.  2 brothers, Tom (Susan) Austin of Virginia and Roger Austin of Elizabethtown.  He was preceded also by a daughter, Judy Austin, brother Clarence Austin and grandson Austin Patterson.

Gary’s service will be private and he will be laid to rest with his parents in the Peters Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Gary’s memory.

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